Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef accused the state of deliberately inviting Soviet immigrants to Israel to weaken the political power of the haredi Orthodox.
“If the Kushners knew about that ahead of time, it just shows grace and love and acceptance and I think that’s an amazing thing,” one said.
Rabbi Yosef has also said that secular women behave like animals because of their immodest dress.
Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef was responding to reports that up to 150 civilians were killed in a chemical attack by Syrian government forces.
The rabbi’s office said that the comparison was a quote from the Talmud.
Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said that he is concerned about the possibility of Jewish terrorists being put to death.
JERUSALEM — Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi ruled that it is permitted to smoke cigarettes that are not certified as kosher for Passover during the holiday. Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said in a satellite television broadcast that cigarettes do not need to be certified as leaven-free for Passover, though some cigarettes manufactured in Israel or abroad…
One of Israel’s two chief rabbis said he would not recognize conversions performed by municipal rabbis despite a government directive validating them.
A special electoral assembly on Wednesday elected Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau as Israel’s next chief rabbis, after weeks of a controversial and tense candidacy period. The two chief rabbis will hold office for the next decade.
An absurd argument over blessing snack food may help decide the future leader of Jerusalem’s Sephardi movement.